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Wagner College, New York, Musical Theater University of Rhode Island, Music
Talent America: first place winner for vocals Tony Grant Stars of Tommorrow Show, Atlantic City ,NJ Junior Miss Contestant , Pennsylvania
My public performances began in nursing homes, local festivals and recitals. I also began studying with the famous composer, arranger, Russell Faith at Newtown School of Music. I took his advice to work under the Jarred Talent agency of N.Y. as did a fellow student, Andrea McArdle, who played the lead role in the Broadway musical Annie. I auditioned for TV commercial, musicals, beauty pageants and attended performance workshops in New York.
As a young teen, I performed on the Tony Grant, Stars of Tomorrow show in Atlantic City, N.J. every summer. I also competed in the Talent America competition, winning first place in the teen vocal division. All through my school years, I actively participated in my church and school choir which I feel helped develop the discipline needed for pitch and rhythm synchronization within a group.
While attending Palisades High School, I landed roles in the musicals. Some of the highlights included Ado Annie in Oklahoma and the soloist for “Get all Excited” in Godspell. I also participated in local theater groups in Pennsylvania such as Civil Theater in Allentown, Pennsylvania Playhouse in Bethlehem and The Barn Playhouse in Norristown, Pa..
This experience prepared me for my next adventure; auditioning for Wagner College in New York as a theater major. I was accepted into the Wagner program and began an intensive year of study and performance working with Broadway professionals. The shows included Carnival and My Fair Lady. I enjoyed it very much but decided to transfer to the University of Rhode Island for music, specializing in voice training.
My professional singing career began years later while I was living in Greece. I joined a band of teachers from the Music Conservatory of Kalamata and began performing as a jazz soloist in international hotels, festivals and state funded performances promoting culture and tourism. I also developed my own innovative musical English program in which to teach young children English.
I returned to the states five years ago and have been teaching voices lessons and directing my church choir. I am presently the lead vocalist performing with the band Waterfront Blue. We play at local venues and events in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. I also perform, record and collaborate with 8 time Grammy nominee and master guitarist, Dr. Frank DiBussolo. Recent appearances with Frank have been at The Allentown Symphony Hall and The Pennsylvania Jazz Collective festival. Still to this day, I feel the exhilaration and sense of accomplishment after each performance. Teaching voice lessons is my way of sharing the experience and skills I've acquired with my students. It's so rewarding to help them make their dreams come true.
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